Washington, D.C., April 6, 2020—The PAN Foundation, an independent charitable organization dedicated to helping underinsured patients access critical medical care, today announced that it will offer financial assistance to Americans with existing medical conditions who have COVID-19 or are quarantined because of the virus.
Through this comprehensive fund, PAN will provide a $300 grant to qualifying Medicare beneficiaries with cancer, chronic or rare diseases who have also been diagnosed with COVID-19 or directed to self-quarantine by their healthcare provider or a government agency. Grant recipients can use the funds for COVID-19 treatment costs, prescription and over-the-counter medications, medical supplies and other important expenses, including transportation to medical appointments and groceries, meals and food delivery services.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the importance of our mission to ensure that every American can afford the healthcare they need. While we don’t know the full impact of this outbreak, we’re dedicated to doing everything we can to protect and support the most vulnerable members of our society,” said PAN President and CEO Dan Klein.
“As Medicare beneficiaries and people with serious health conditions learn to cope with this rapidly evolving situation, we’re committed to providing assistance to help those who need it most so they can focus on getting better and worry less about the cost of care.”
The results of a recent poll by the Commonwealth Foundation highlight the collective worry of Americans about their ability to afford medical treatment: 68 percent of adults said that the out-of-pocket costs they might have to pay would be very or somewhat important in their decision to get treatment if they had symptoms of the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 Financial Support Fund is currently open for applicants who have annual household incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Eligible patients can learn more about the fund at panfoundation.org or by calling PAN at 1-866-316-7263 from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.
To learn how you can support this or other PAN programs, visit panfoundation.org/donate.
About the PAN Foundation
The PAN Foundation is an independent, nationwide 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing help and hope to underinsured patients who are unable to afford the out-of-pocket expenses for their prescribed medications. Since 2004, PAN has provided over $3 billion in financial assistance to nearly 1 million patients who would otherwise be unable to afford their medications. To learn more, visit www.panfoundation.org.
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